The Korea Society
The Korea Society 350 Madison Avenue, 24th Floor New York, NY 10017
December 6, 2018, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair Jung H. Pak and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Korea Chair Senior Fellow Sue Mi Terry address the progress and pitfalls in inter-Korean relations, Seoul-Washington ties, and US-DPRK dialogue. Dr. Pak will be at the Society, while Dr. Terry joins via video uplink. Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Director for Policy, moderates this lively and engaging discussion with Drs. Pak and Terry, two of America’s preeminent thought leaders on Korea.
This event is co-hosted by the Columbia Business School’s APEC Study Center.
Jung H. Pak is a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. She focuses on the national security challenges facing the United States and East Asia, including North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities, the regime’s domestic and foreign policy calculus, internal stability, and inter-Korean ties. Pak is also focused on developing interdisciplinary forums to bolster regional dialogue on counterterrorism, nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and climate change. She also has interests in broader U.S.-South Korea relations and regional dynamics.
Pak is an accomplished intelligence professional specializing in East Asia political and security issues with strong academic credentials. She has held senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to her work in national security, Pak taught at Hunter College in New York City and studied in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar.
Sue Mi Terry joined CSIS in 2017 as senior fellow for Korea after a distinguished career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia following Korean issues. She also teaches at the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University and is an analyst and commentator for MSNBC and NBC News programs. Prior to CSIS, she served as a senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 to 2008, where she produced hundreds of intelligence assessments—including a record number of contributions to the president’s Daily Brief. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and mission support, including the CIA Foreign Language award in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Terry was the director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic affairs at the National Security Council under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In that role, she formulated, coordinated, and implemented U.S. government policy on Korea and Japan, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania. From 2009 to 2010, she was deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council. In that position, she led the U.S. Intelligence Community’s production of strategic analysis on East Asian issues and authored multiple National Intelligence Estimates. From 2010 to 2011, she served as the national intelligence fellow in the David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since leaving government, Dr. Terry has been a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute (2011-2015) and a senior adviser for Korea at BowerGroupAsia (2015-2017). She holds a Ph.D. (2001) and an M.A. (1998) in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in political science from New York University (1993). She was born in Seoul and raised in Hawaii and Northern Virginia.
Stephen Noerper (Moderator) serves as the Korea Society senior director for policy and as an adjunct fellow with Pacific Forum CSIS. He was as a senior fellow at the EastWest Institute and an associate professor of international relations at New York University. Professor Noerper also taught at American University, Waseda University and the National University of Mongolia, where he was a Fulbright senior scholar. He was an Intellibridge vice president and senior US State Department analyst. Dr. Noerper served prior as an associate professor at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii and Washington representative for the Nautilus Institute. He was a fellow at the East-West Center, ROK IFANS and Murrow Center. He publishes widely and appears in major media, to include CNN, Bloomberg, BBC, MSNBC, NHK, NPR and VOA. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and London School of Economics. Professor Noerper is a member of the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) and a board member of the Van Fleet Foundation.